SBE 24 March 1995 Newsletter


Edited by: Mark Croom
Electronic Version: Leonard Charles
Electronically Distributed by Chris Cain

Contributors this month:
Kevin Ruppert
Fred Sperry
Tom Weeden
Tom Smith
Terry Baun

Articles Welcome!! Send correspondence to:

Chapter 24 Newsletter
34 Rustic Parkway
Madison, WI 53713-4700
or call (608) 271-1025 (home) or (608) 221-1979 (work)

The March meeting of SBE Chapter 24 will be held at the MEG
Communications Center located at 4902 Hammersley Road. We will
see a short video of some of MEG's current work, followed by a
tour of their D2 edit suite and their new AVID non-linear on-line
edit system.

MEGCC is part of a larger media organization, the Evening
Telegram Company of Superior Wisconsin, which is in the newspaper
publishing, television & radio broadcasting, and distance
education business.

In addition to the MEG operation, the facility houses a computer
graphic design company, Hans Pigorsch Media Design, and Haggar
Audio Productions, a digital audio production company. MEG is
also home to the Murphy Entertainment Group which produces
original programming for broadcast television. The MEG staff
hopes to have each of the facilities available for showing,
subject to last-minute schedule changes and in-progress edit

Hope to see you there!!
Visitors and Guests are welcome at all SBE meetings.

Tentative Program Subjects

Apr 20, 1995 Thu
Elections-NAB Review

May 23, 1995 Tue


Leonard Charles (WISC TV)
W - 271-4321
H - 274-0041

Paul Stoffel (WI Public TV)
W - 263-2175
H - 241-4621

Mark Croom(WNWC Radio)
W - 271-1025
H - 221-1979

Stan Scharch (WISC TV)
W - 271-4321
H - 831-1168


Membership..............Leonard Charles
Sustaining Membership.......Fred Sperry
Strategic Plan...............Denny Behr
Newsletter...................Mark Croom
Program Committee.......Steve Zimmerman
............Mark Croom
............Kerry Maki
..........Denise Maney
Special Events............Kevin Ruppert
Cert/Ed...................Jim Hermanson
Frequency Coordination........Tom Smith


SBE National Office
8445 Keystone Crossing Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Main Number 317-253-1640
Engineering Conference Line 317-253-0122
Job Line 317-253-0474
Fax 317-253-0418
BBS 317-253-7555

President: Chuck Kelly CBT
Broadcast Electronics
P.O. Box 3606
Quincy, IL 62305
W 217-224-9600
F 217-224-9607
H 217-228-7373
CIS ID# 70307,2642

Vice President: Terrence Baun CPBE
Criterion Broadcast Services
5300 W. Garfield Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
W 414-449-5300
F 414-449-5380
CIS ID# 71525,1060

Secretary: Keith Kintner CSTE
1061 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
F 818-362-5294
CIS ID# 72530,620

Treasurer: Bob Goza CPBE
3315 Highway 50
Beaufort, MO 63013
F 314-484-3840

Executive Director: John Poray CAE
SBE National Office
8445 Keystone Crossing Suite 140
Indianapolis, IN 46240
W 317-253-1640
F 317-253-0418


Jim Bernier CBT
WTVH, Inc.
980 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203
F 315-425-5513

David Carr CPBE
P.O. Box 11
Houston, TX 77001
F 713-284-8700

Leonard Charles CSTE
7025 Raymond Road
Madison, WI 53719
F 608-271-1709

Dane Ericksen PE CSRE CSTE
Hammett & Edison, Inc.
Box 280068
San Francisco, CA 94128-0068
F 707-996-5280

Michael Fast CPBE
WCBM Radio
1303 Burleigh Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
F 410-581-0150

Michael McCarthy CBRE
WLIT FM/Viacom International
150 N. Michigan Ave., #1135
Chicago, IL 60601
F 708-439-1464
P 800-592-3058

Edward Miller CPBE
WEWS Scripps Howard
3001 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44115
F 216-431-3641

Troy Pennington CSRE
530 Beacon Parkway W. #300
Birmingham, AL 35209
F 205-916-1151

Robert Reymont CPBE
Nationwide Communications, Inc.
P.O. Box 5159
Mesa, AZ 85211-0500
F 602-644-7660
CIS ID# 71645,254

Martin "Sandy" Sandberg CPBE
9807 Edgecove Drive
Dallas, TX 75238
F 2114-343-9807

John Schneider CBRE
RF Specialties of Washington, Inc.
19237 Aurora Avenue N.
Seattle, WA 98133
F 206-546-2633
CIS ID# 74603,3342

Tom Weber CSTE
1950 N Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
F 317-926-1144
CIS ID#: 73250,215

Chris Imlay, Esq.
SBE General Counsel
Booth, Freret & Imlay
1233 20th St. NW Suite 204
Washington, DC 20036
F 202-293-1319

James Wulliman, CPBE
Ennes Director
721 W. Calle Del Regalo
Green Valley, AZ 85614
Phone and Fax 602-648-1250

Linda Godby, Certification
Peggy Hall, Membership
Sarah Hayden, Signal/Conferences
Julie Dinger, Secretary
F 317-253-0418
Job Line 317-253-0474
BBS (N,8,1) 317-253-7555

By Laws Committee..................................Sandy Sandberg
Certification Committee..............................Jim Wulliman
Chapter Awards Committee..........................Leonard Charles
Chapter Liaison Committee..........................John Schneider
Electronic Communication Committee....................Jim Bernier
Engineering Conference Committee......Jerry Whitaker 503-690-8798
Engineering Conference Promotion Committee..........Mike McCarthy
FCC Liaison Committee...............................Dane Ericksen
Fellowship Committee...................................David Carr
Finance Committee.................................Troy Pennington
Frequency Coordination Committee.......................David Carr
High Freq Broadcasting Task Force.....Doug Garlinger 317-773-5050
Industry Relations Committee...........................Terry Baun
International Committee............................Sandy Sandberg
Membership Committee.................................Michael Fast
Nomination Committee...............................Robert Reymont
Sustaining Membership Committee.....................Edward Miller

Chapter 24 of the Society of Broadcast Engineers met on
February 15, 1995 at the Wisconsin Educational Communications
Board's Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center. Chairman Leonard
Charles called the meeting to order at 7:09 PM, after dinner at
the Grand Pagoda restaurant.

The first item mentioned was the cancellation of the
previous month's meeting, and the intention to reschedule the
meeting and program in the near future. We had intended to tour
the new radio facility of Midwest Family Stations, home of WTDY,
WMGN, and WJJO. We received over a foot of snow that day,
forcing the cancellation of the meeting. It is tentatively
rescheduled for June.

Leonard then discussed the work of the Nominating Committee.
Jim Hermanson is the Nominations Chairman this year, and the
committee has been working to identify nominees for the Chapter's
offices this year. If you are interested in being nominated for
a position on the officer slate for 1995, please contact Jim

The treasurer's report indicated that the Chapter is still
well into the black.

The membership and sustaining membership reports followed.
Chuck expressed appreciation to the Chapter's 25 sustaining
members for their financial support of Chapter 24.

Jim Hermanson gave a certification report, followed by the
presentation of the Broadcast Technologist Certification to Jared

Chuck gave some NAB reminders, including the importance of
checking the SBE box on the registration form in order to get the
NAB member rate for the convention. This allows an SBE member
who is a non-member of NAB to get the lower NAB member rate.

Chuck gave some SBE National news, including describing the
1995 membership drive which extends from 3/1/95 to 5/31/95.
Prizes for the winners are still being arranged. SBE National is
submitting comments in several FCC dockets, which Chuck

The Broadcasters Clinic update brought the news that the
Clinic will go on as scheduled, without the support of the
University of Wisconsin as in past years. This year's Clinic
will not change significantly in format, although there is
uncertainty as to the future format and dates.

The WBA convention update indicated the annual Engineering
Sessions will take place on July 19 at the LaCrosse Radisson.

Tom Weeden announced that WMTV is looking for a videotape
maintenance engineer, and asked anyone interested to call him at

Newsletter editor Mark Croom announced the deadline for the
March Newsletter.

At 7:26 Chuck adjourned the business meeting, and turned the
remaining time over to Dennis Behr, Chief Engineer of the
Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center. He introduced Steve Peck
of BTS, who introduced the evening's program, a presentation on
the BTS Media Pool video server system. The speaker was Tom

Respectfully Submitted,
Mark Croom, Secretary

On October 12, 1994 the FCC granted a CP for Television
Wisconsin Inc. (WISC-TV) to build a facility for 23.88KW Visual
and 4.78KW Aural ERP at 469 meters above average terrain. (This
is for the new Candelabra site tower.)"

by Tom Weeden, WJ9H
Following a brief period of testing, the FCC has authorized
two Volunteer Examiner Coordinators, W5YI/VEC and ARRL/VEC, to
submit amateur license applications electronically. When an
applicant passes an exam at a session, volunteer examiners
forward exam paperwork to their coordinators who transcribe and
upload the application data to the FCC in Gettysburg. The
ARRL/VEC is reporting common turnaround times of less than two
weeks from taking the test to receiving the license in the mail.
Also, FCC rules now permit operation as soon as the licensing
information is in the Commission's amateur service licensee
database. If needed, applicants can call the FCC's toll-free
number (800-322-1117) and receive operating authorization over
the phone after the application has been processed. QST magazine
reports one instance of an exam that was taken on a Wednesday
with the FCC license grant occurring on Friday of the same week.
Prior to electronic filing, backlogs were causing delays of as
much as 12 weeks.

Six of the seven crew members of the space shuttle Endeavour
are amateur radio operators. Flight STS-67, launched March 2,
will include scheduled radio contacts with schools, the
astronauts' families, and random contacts with other amateurs.
Schools expected to participate are located in 17 states, South
Africa, India and Australia. Two of Endeavour's crew passed the
Technician class exam on January 19 and were issued call signs on
January 25 (by electronic filing).

The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) has selected
the frequencies of operation of its super satellite, "Phase 3-D."
Scheduled to be launched in 1996, Phase 3-D will be placed in a
highly elliptical orbit giving it a footprint of nearly half the
earth at its maximum altitude. This "repeater in the sky" will
operate on 21, 28, 145 and 436 MHz and 1.2, 2.4, 5.6, 10.4 and 24

(From March 1995 "QST" magazine)

by Leonard Charles
By now, I am sure our nominations Chair, Jim Hermanson, has
been overwhelmed with members contacting him about running for
Chapter office this year. My second term as your Chairman winds
down, and I know that if my successor receives only half as much
support from you guys as I have, his/her job will be an easy one.
As that famous saying goes; "We are looking for a few
good"...people, to keep the strong active tradition of Chapter 24
going. After all, there are only 12 Chapters in the country that
can say they have cultivated and nurtured a National Board member
from within their ranks. You should be proud, I know I am. Step
up to the plate now and run for an office in Chapter 24. You'll
never know what you can accomplish unless you try.

The applications for National Chapter awards have already
been printed and distributed. As the National Awards Chairman
this year, I must distance myself from the Chapter 24 application
process. Anyone wishing to be in on the that process for Chapter
24, should contact me soon.

You should have all received your SBE renewal form. Dues
will again be $55 for Members and Associates and $10 for
Students. If possible, please return it, with your check, before
April 1st. The National office must spend a lot of time and
paperwork if you are late.

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20-year old industry-leading audio/video systems integrator
is searching for an individual to join our fast growing design
team. Experience in traditional video applications and technical
a definite plus. Projects will focus in the areas of video
production, post-production, broadcast, presentation/training and
videoconferencing. The successful candidate may work out of our
Chicago or Milwaukee area office. This position offers a
competitive salary with excellent benefits from a dynamic and
growing company. If you are currently feeling stifled, come grow
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Manager, 285 N. Janacek Road, Brookfield, WI 53045

Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Larry
Pressler has made a number of legislative proposals concerning
the deregulation on the electronic media. Among these proposals
- Repeal of cable rate regulation one year after enactment.
- Repeal of all broadcast ownership rules.
- Permit broadcasters to use HDTV channels for ancillary
services as long as they provide an advanced TV service to the
public without charge. Broadcasters would be subject to a fee
for using the channels for subscription services.
- Allow foreign ownership in U.S. telecommunications as long
as U.S. companies have the same access to comparable markets.
- Remove state and local barriers to allowing cable to
compete in telephone markets and telcos to enter cable one year
after enactment. Telcos would have to have separate subsidiaries
for cable.
- Prohibit the FCC from granting video dialtone for one year
and freezing existing grants for one year. After that, telcos
would be free of having to attain any authority for video
- Permit telcos to buy out local cables systems in their
service areas.

The Democrats in the senate came up with there own bill
which was patterned after last year's bill S. 1822. Their bill
consists of the following:
- Retain the Cable Act of 1992.
- No one year moratorium of video dialtone.
- Immediate entry of telcos into cable.
- Requires telcos to set up new subsidiaries for all new
telecommunications ventures.
- Removes all state and local barriers after one year to
cable and telco competition, as in Pressler's bill.
- Requires telcos that go into manufacturing to set-up
plants in the U.S. and use U.S. made parts.
- Allows the FCC to collect fees from broadcasters who
provide ancillary and supplementary services using HDTV channels.
- Requires telecommunication companies to pay into a
universal service fund and for the FCC to define universal
service so that new services are available to all.

Both the proposed bills allow the Baby Bells into the long
distance business after 3 years and requires them to un-bundle
their networks and offer access to competitors.

The FCC also proposed their own deregulatory wish list.
They requested the following:
- Extend the license term for TV stations from 5 to 7 years.
- Streamlining the renewal process allowing stations that
meet the rules to be renewed without having to face a comparative
hearing and those failing to meet the rules would be subject to
an automatic hearing.
- Authorize vanity call signs for a fee, similar to auto
license plates.
- Expand the FCC'S auction authority to things such as
auctioning off phone numbers such as 1-800-COLLECT which the FCC
considers a scarce resource and blocks of telephone numbers for
the PCS services.

There is already much debate over the proposed ownership
rule changes within the broadcast community and the telcos and
cable industries are also lobbying for their positions. There is
also the normal political debate, so no one can be sure of the
final outcome. But, with the changes in Washington and in the
general regulatory climate, there will be changes and they should
be watched and discussed by all involved in any form of
communications as they will directly affect the future of all of
the telecommunications industry.


By Tom Smith
The FCC has a number of proposed rulemakings under way that
affect broadcasters. They are as follows:
WT Docket No. 95-5, FCC 95-16
Streamlining the Antenna Structure Clearance Procedure and
Revision of the Rules concerning Construction, Marking, and
Lighting of Antenna Structures.

This proposed rulemaking seeks to streamline the method the
FCC uses to provide clearance for new and existing towers that
require FAA and FCC approval. The FCC proposes to shift the
responsibilities from the
licensees on the towers to the tower owner.

The FCC would require that the tower owner would be
responsible for registering the tower with the FCC and FAA;
painting and lighting the tower; notifying the FCC of any changes
in the height, coordinates, ownership, painting or lighting of
the tower. The tower owner would also be responsible for
notifying the FCC of the dismantling of a tower.

The tenant licensees on the tower would only be responsible
for lighting and painting violations in causes were the tower
owner proves to be unreliable. The tower owner would also be
required to provide a copy of the tower registration to all
tenant licensees and post the registration number at the tower

Licensees on the tower would only have to give the tower
registration number when making an application to the FCC. Also,
all licensees would not be required to make separate filings
whenever there are changes to the tower.

The FCC is also proposing to incorporate by reference the
recommendations in two FAA releases concerning tower lighting and
markings from 1991 and 1988. Tower owners would be required to
meet the new standards within 10 years of the adoption of these

These rules would not affect stations on who own their
tower, but would ease the requirements on stations who lease
space on someone else's tower or on a station's tenants on their

This rulemaking was adopted on January 12, 1995 and released
on January 20, 1995. It was published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on
February 15, 1995 on pages 8618 and 8619. Comments are due
March 21, 1995 and replies on April 20, 1995.
GC Docket No. 95-21; FCC 95-52
Ex Parte Presentations in Commission Proceedings

The FCC is seeking comment on changes to its rules
concerning Ex Parte comments to the commission. Ex Parte
comments are comments that occur outside of formal proceedings of
the commission to persons in the commission concerning actions
before them. In some proceedings Ex Parte comments are allowed
and in others, such as in application hearings, they are not

The FCC is proposing to simplify the rules so that it will
be easier to determine if an Ex Parte comment is a violation of
the rules.

The notice was adopted and released on February 7, 1995. It
was published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on February 16, 1995 on
pages 8995 and 8996. Comments due on March 16, 1995 and replies
on March 31, 1995.

The FCC has issued 3 rulemakings concerning station
ownership. Two of these rulemakings concern ownership rules for
all types of broadcast stations and the third rulemaking concerns
television only. All 3 rulemakings were adopted on December 15,
1994 and released on January 15 or January 17, 1995. Comments
are due on April 17, 1995 and replies are due on May 17, 1995.
MM Docket 87-8 and 91-221; FCC 94-322
Broadcast Services; Television Stations

The FCC has issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
concerning television owners. The FCC is reopening previous
inquiries into television ownership including one on television
satellite stations. The commission believes that, based on
information from these past inquiries, further investigation of
ownership rules is required. They believe that the changes in
the television marketplace in the past 15 years has affected the
ability of "traditional" broadcast services to meet the needs of
a diverse and competitive video programming marketplace.

The first issue to be addressed is the a competitive
analysis of television broadcasting. As part of this analysis,
the FCC seeks the definition of the various television markets
and the structure of these markets, including the existence and
exercise of power in these marketplaces. This would include the
geographic, market share and pricing of various advertising,
programming and program production markets. Part of this
analysis is of the part that cable and, to a lesser extent, DBS
and MMDS, plays in local and national markets.

The FCC proposes a number of rule changes starting with an
increase of the limits of the number of stations that any one
group could own. The original inquiry suggested that the limit
be increased to either 18, 20, or 24 stations and increasing the
national audience reach of any group to 30 to 35 percent. In
this inquiry, the FCC proposes to have no limit on the number of
stations, but to increase the limits of national audience reach
to 50 percent by increasing the limit from 30 percent reach at
the start of the new rules and increasing the limit by 5 percent
every 3 years until the 50 percent limit is reached. The FCC
also requests comments if the exemption for satellite television
stations from the national ownership limits should continue.

The next proposal is that the allowed overlap between
commonly-owned stations be decreased from the grade B contour to
the grade A contour. This would decrease the allowable
separation between the two commonly owned stations by 30 to 50

The FCC also proposes to allow radio-television cross-
ownership in the same market. There are a number of proposals
including: allowing local limits to prevent undue concentration,
allowing one each of a TV, FM and AM station, allowing only a TV
and AM station, or remaining with the current waiver system and
extending to all markets.

The final proposal would allow for common ownership of two
TV stations in the same market. Comments are requested on the
question if UHF/UHF or VHF/UHF combinations should be allowed
under certain circumstances. The FCC also proposes to codify
rules for television LMA's in the same manner as the ones that
exist for radio.

This notice was published in the February 2, 1995 issue of
the FEDERAL REGISTER on pages 6490 through 6499.
MM Docket 94-149 and 91-140; FCC 94-323
Policies and Rules Regarding Minority and Female Ownership of
Mass Media Facilities

The FCC is seeking comment on ways to increase minorities
and female ownership of broadcasting facilities. The FCC
proposes a number of methods to increase ownership among the
groups including the creation of incubator programs, changes of
attribution rules, use of tax certificates and other methods.
Some of the other methods include investment tax credits, speed-
up of Small Business loans, increased local ownership limits such
as allowing minority groups to own 3 AM's or class A FM's in one

This rulemaking was printed in the February 1, 1995 issue of
MM Docket 94-150; 92-51 and 87-154; FCC 94-324
Broadcast Services; Television and Radio Broadcasting

This rulemaking is seeking a complete review of the FCC
rules concerning broadcast attribution rules. These rules allow
for investment capital formation in broadcast facilities without
endangering the ownership limitations for broadcast groups. This
allows banks, limited partnerships and other financial groups to
loan to a number of groups or even to own their own stations and
still make loans to others. There are limits on how much these
financial institutions can invest in these stations and what
control they can have. If they have investments in a large
number of stations and exert influence in them and that number is
greater than the FCC ownership limits, they may be in violation
of ownership rules. They are usually limited to non-voting stock
shares or that of being mortgage holders. The rules do allow for
stockholders to hold up to 5 percent of voting stock without
violating ownership limits. The FCC would like to raise the
limit to 10 percent.

The FCC hopes to maintain limits on investor influence on
stations without inhibiting investment capital.

This rulemaking was published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on
February 2, 1995 on pages 6483 through 6490.
GEN Docket 90-357; FCC 95-17
New Digital Audio Radio Services

In this rule, the FCC amends it's rules regarding frequency
allocations to allow the frequencies from 2310 to 2360 Mhz to be
used for new satellite digital audio radio services (DARS). This
rulemaking does not authorize digital satellite radio, but only
sets aside the spectrum. The licensing and service requirements
are subject to a further proceeding.

This rule was adopted on January 12, 1995 and released on
January 18, 1995. It was published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on
February 14, 1995 on pages 8309 through 8311. The rule takes
effect on March 16, 1995.


Saturday, February 4. 1995
-Further upgrades were approved for the office computer
system, including upgrading to MS-DOS version 6.22. Windows and
Microsoft Office Professional will be added software tools for
the staff.

-Revisions to the 1995 SBE Budget were approved, based on
1994 year-end results.

-A Task Force will be created to address the role SBE can
play in helping our members implement the new EAS System.

-A letter addressed to station general managers promoting
support of their engineers in SBE was discussed.

-Given the current political environment, SBE will make a
strong effort over the next several months to get legislation
introduced and passed that would require an engineer on the staff
of each FCC commissioner.

-Guidelines will be drafted on the use of the SBE logo and name.

-There was discussion that the 5 Ghz band will be one of, if
not the, major issue of the year, regarding FCC regulation.

-David Carr was named Chairman of a task force that will
look at possible cooperation with AMITRA in solving Frequency
Coordination problems along the US/Mexico border. Policies
regarding local frequency coordination were also discussed.

-The Executive Committee expressed interest in jointly
working with NAB to create additional technical programming at
World Media Expo. In response to an NAB inquiry, there was no
support for re-negotiating the current conference agreement
between SBE and NAB.

-Authorization was given to the Executive Director to enter
into another office lease agreement at the current location,
which will pick up at the end of the existing lease agreement in
March, 1996.

-The next Executive Committee Meeting was set for Saturday,
July 8, 1995 in Indianapolis.

(Note: All functions are open to any dues-paid member of the
-The full SBE Board will have its spring meeting during the
NAB Convention in Las Vegas. The meeting will be Sunday, April
9, from 8:00AM to 12:00 Noon in the Embassy Suites room of the
Las Vegas Hilton Hotel
-Certification Committee Meeting, Sunday, April 9, 6:00 PM
to 10:00 PM, Conference Room 1, Las Vegas Hilton.

-Certification Exams, Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 AM to 12:00
Noon, Convention Center - N242.

-Chapter Chairman's Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 4:00 PM to
4:45 PM, Convention Center - N239/241.

-Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM,
Convention Center - N113/114.

-Later this month, Chuck Kelly will be presenting a paper in
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during a seminar sponsored by the Asia-
-SBE will have a booth at the Dayton Hamvention, April 28-
30, promoting membership and certification
-1994 National Chapter Awards applications have been mailed
to all Chapter Chairs. The form is early this year, in hopes
that more Chapters will have time to consider applicants before
their summer break.

-SBE members can register for the Spring NAB Convention in
Las Vegas at the NAB member rate of $335, a savings of $300!
(more than five times the amount of SBE dues for one year!)
Registration and Housing forms for the convention are available
from NAB through their fax-on-demand system. Call (301) 216-1847
from the handset of your fax machine and follow the voice

-SBE has arranged discounted airfares to Las Vegas for its
members on United and Delta Airlines. Call Media Travel
USA/Carlson Travel Network at (800) 283-8747 to make

-SBE will kick off its annual Membership Drive beginning
March 1. Each SBE member will be encouraged to recruit "One New
Member" during the effort. Any member who recruits one or more
new members will be eligible for prizes, including the Grand
Prize of a trip for two to the SBE Engineering Conference and
World Media Expo in New Orleans, September 6-9, 1995. Details
about the Drive are being mailed directly to all members.

-SBE will be working hard over the next several months to
have legislation introduced in Congress that would require each
FCC Commissioner have at least one senior staff member with an
engineering background. In the February/March issue of the SBE
SIGNAL, background on the issue and a sample letter to
congressmen have been inserted. During the month of March, we
ask that all members write their Congressman to urge them to
support this legislation when it comes before them. MAILED
letters to Congress DO make a difference. Thanks, in advance,
for your help to make this a reality.

-Several opportunities to take an SBE Certification Exam are
available during 1995. The Spring exam period in local chapters
will be June 9-19; application deadline is April 28. The SBE
Engineering Conference and World Media Expo in New Orleans will
be the next opportunity with the test date set for September 7;
application deadline is July 27. The final period for 1995 will
be in local chapters November 10-20; application deadline is
September 29. For information on how to become SBE Certified,
see your local chapter Certification Chairman or call the SBE
National Office.

-The Kansas City and St. Louis chapters of SBE will jointly
host an Ennes Regional Workshop at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri,
June 15. It will be held in conjunction with the Missouri
Association of Broadcasters Summer Convention. Details will be
forthcoming later this spring.

-SEPTEMBER 6-9, 1995. Mark your calendars and plan your
budgets to take in this annual conference and unique exhibition
featuring the combined conferences of SBE, SMPTE, the NAB Radio
Show and RTNDA.

-Some of the members of the SBE National Board of Directors
can be reached through the Internet. We have Internet addresses
for the following:
Chuck Kelly, President
Keith Kintner, Secretary
Bob Goza, Treasurer
Robert Reymont
Jim Bernier
We'll update the list as we get additions.


Our latest renewals:

Maney Logic

Thanks to all our
Sustaining Members:

Broadcast Communications
Clark Wire and Cable
Comark Communications
Electronic Industries
Emmons Associates
Fuji Film I&I
Harris Allied Broadcast
MRC Telecommunications
Panasonic Broadcast
Roscor Wisconsin
Scharch Electronics
Skyline Communications
Sony Broadcast
Tectan, Inc.
Teleport Minnesota
The Tape Co.
3M Audio & Video
Video Images

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